Thy will be done.
“O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me, never the less, not as I will, but as You will.” (Matthew 26:39)
Obedience to God’s will is not always easy, it takes determination born of a desire to glorify our Father and love His Son. The more we understand the amazing love that God has for us, the closer we will want to follow in obedience to His will. The apostle Paul prayed for the Ephesians a prayer that we should all pray for ourselves and each other.
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:14-19)
Paul kneeled before the Father. Our lack of kneeling, when gathered in fellowship, is understandable. So few do, and we who would fear calling attention to ourselves. How did it happen that piety has been sent to the closet where perversion use to hide? Hidden away so as not to offend those who find no need to bow.
Recall the image of innocent children kneeling next to their bed. They are praying before they “lay me down to sleep.” Did we forget? Or is our Father still reverenced this way? Perhaps if we did more kneeling in worship and prayer before God Almighty we would be “strengthened with power through His Spirit?” Have we substituted a sense of awe and reverence that is due our glorious God and Father with an attitude of casual familiarity? Something to think about.
May we come “to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge,” and “be filled up to all the fullness of God.”
Father, may Your Spirit impress on our very souls Your glory. We ask in Your Son’s name.
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)